Are we, Indian Citizens, prepared for emergencies and natural calamities?
USA has Citizen Corps
Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, ( US) state and local government officials have increased opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting the local first responders. Officials agree that the formula for ensuring a more secure and safer homeland consists of preparedness, training, and citizen involvement in supporting first responders. In January 2002, the President of the United States launched Citizen Corps, to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks.
Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
Citizen Corps programs build on the successful efforts that are in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. Programs that started through local innovation are the foundation for Citizen Corps and this national approach to citizen participation in community safety.
Citizen Corps is coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. In this capacity, FEMA works closely with other federal entities, state and local governments, first responders and emergency managers, the volunteer community, and the Corporation for National & Community Service.
The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
We too need something along these lines to prevent huge loss of life and property in natural disasters and emergencies like Aila, or Tsunami for example.
Japan is said to have prevented large scale disaster due to training and emergency preparedness of its citizens.
I think the time has come to educate and train our citizens too.
What do you think? If you like the idea, share it with your own Orkut, Twitter and Facebook community and allow it to spread and create an awareness in India.
Let’s take out fate in our own hands. Let’s create our own destiny.